Interpreting the Results: Recognizing Emotions

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The Results

There were six questions given during the Kahoot: Recognizing Emotions quiz. The images and emotions you saw during the quiz are displayed on this page.

Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Happiness
Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Surprise
Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Fear
Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Anger
Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Sadness
Credit: Paul Ekman/Emotion Displayed: Content

What Does this Mean?

If you recognized six out of six emotions on this quiz... Congratulations on a job well done! If you recognized five or fewer emotions on this quiz... Guess what? Practice makes perfect.

As expressed by the American Psychological Association (APA), recognizing emotions takes plenty of practice. Extensive psychological research is being performed to help members of various professions learn about how to identify expressions. Identifying physical facial expressions could be difficult in the classroom, which is why it is okay that teachers ask students, "Write down how you are feeling today."

Using sentence starters such as:

  • I feel...
  • I think...
  • I am happy about...
  • I am uncomfortable with...

could encourage students to be honest and open about their feelings. Sometimes teachers can use these sentence starters as a classroom exit slip, a quick-write activity for the beginning of the period, or something that teachers do not even need to collect or see. Having students write about their emotions, knowing that teachers will not take a look at their work, could make students be more honest in their writing. John Erwin explains that students could potentially address teachers about emotional issues once they are honest with themselves.

Additional Readings

  • APA Report: Reading Facial Expressions of Emotions
  • John Erwin describes how to practice identifying emotions with this article, which includes a detailed lesson plan (for students or teachers).
  • Michigan State University discusses the importance of teaching young children about emotions in Kendra Moyses' article here.

The Journey Continues...

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